Finding Freedom in Traditions

By Miriam Walsh

christmas-countdown-wallpapers-2-1024x768Christmas traditions can feel like traps to me, silent pressure to assimilate. They seem so appealing from my vantage point outside of other people’s families.  Other moms gracefully weave their traditions into meaningful celebrations saturated with spiritual significance. Yet when I tried to engage what other moms successfully did, I ended up feeling captive to my own unmet expectations. I also ended up feeling more conformed to the image of the Grinch rather than to the image of Jesus.

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The Pursuit of Quiet

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

quietSo we’re moms and the probability of quiet in our lives is anywhere from “not likely” to “you’ve got to be kidding me”.  I get it.  I truly do.  If we want and need quiet, we’re going to have to hunt it down like it’s the last drop of water in the desert.  But remember, the kind of quiet that we’re talking about here is not just reduced noise.   It may be that, but it goes deeper too.  Quiet means a reliance on God—seeking Him for wisdom and strength and not thinking and acting in our own power.  Quiet means self-control.  It means placing our hope in God and His word.  It means putting God in His rightful place.

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Quiet’s Perspective

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

quietQuiet.  Calm.  Peaceful.  As I shared in my last post, when I studied the word and concept of “quiet” throughout the Bible, it started in the way I thought it might with ideas like these.  But I also discovered links to other virtues like humility, wisdom, hope, and strength.  The links to strength were particularly profound to me because frankly, I long for strength.  True strength.  The kind that will equip me for both everyday events and life-changing moments.  I’ve been a mom, yea verily alive long enough to know my strength runs out in a hurry.  So discovering quiet is a pathway and building block for strength has been remarkable to me.

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Surprised by Quiet

We’re going to take a break from our Christmas Prep to ponder what “quiet” looks like.

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

quietThe word quiet has been very loud for me this year.  It began as I chose this verse as I created some goals at the start of the new year…

I Peter 3:4—Instead, it (a woman’s beauty) should consist of what is inside the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.

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